Late-term abortion ban reaches signature goal

Volunteers gathered nearly 50,000 signatures for Initiative 120 within two-week cure period

Aaron Lambert

In a final push, supporters of the initiative seeking to prohibit abortions after 22 weeks in the state of Colorado have gathered enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

During a two-week cure period granted after falling short of required signatures to get Initiative 120 on the ballot, over 400 volunteers worked diligently and collected over 48,000 signatures by May 28, nearly five times the amount sought during the cure period. The Due Date Too Late campaign spearheaded the charge to gather signatures with support from Catholic Charities’ Respect Life Office and other pro-life communities across the state.

“I am overjoyed to hear that so many Coloradans have signed the petition to successfully place Initiative 120 on the November ballot,” said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, who expressed his support for the initiative early on. “Protecting children in the womb is an essential part of building a society that treats all life, no matter its age or ability, as sacred. God has given each person a dignity that comes from being made in his image and likeness, and the degree to which our laws reflect that will be the degree to which we experience true freedom and happiness.”

Initiative 120 would prohibit abortion in Colorado after 22 weeks, with an exception for the life of the mother. According to a recent Gallup poll, 74% of Americans believe that there should be limitations on late term abortion. Due Date Too Late submitted the bulk of the needed petition signatures in March but fell short 10,000 signatures after review by the Secretary of State. The cure period began on May 15, with Due Date Too Late needing to collect those 10,000 additional verified signatures of registered Colorado voters during the 15-day cure period to meet the 124,632 threshold and qualify for the November ballot.

“We are thrilled to take this next step towards protecting lives in Colorado by exceeding our goal of signatures we are turning into the Secretary of State,” said Lauren Castillo, spokesperson for the Due Date Too Late campaign. “We are thankful to have this opportunity to work together with communities across the entire state of Colorado. The hundreds of volunteers we have who are so passionate about ending late-term abortion are helping to make this a reality.”

Due Date Too Late will be turning in the notarized packets containing almost 50,000 signatures on May 29 at 2 p.m. to the office of the Secretary of State to assure that the ballot initiative will meet the statutory threshold.

The field collection effort by Due Date Too Late went forward amid a recent executive order by Gov. Jared Polis regarding how petition signatures may be collected. Under Gov. Polis’ order, he declared that ballot initiatives could gather signatures electronically in response to the coronavirus pandemic; however, Initiative 120 was the only ballot initiative that wasn’t allowed to collect signatures electronically because it was in a cure period.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story stated over 30,000 signatures were being turned in, based on the information that was available at the time of publication. The actual number is closer to 50,000. The story has been updated to reflect this fact.

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Now’s your last chance to help end late-term abortion in Colorado

Fourteen-day cure period for Initiative 120 begins May 15; 10,000 signatures still needed

Aaron Lambert

Starting May 15, Coloradoans have one last chance to get Initiative 120 on the November ballot and help end late-term abortion in Colorado.

The “cure period” to gather the remaining 10,000 signatures needed for the measure to qualify for the ballot goes from May 15 until May 28. Click the links below for an interactive map showing signing locations across the state of Colorado as well as a full list of signing events.

https://respectlifedenver.org/sign120map/

https://duedatetoolate.com/events

Additionally, if you can’t remember whether you signed the petition or want to see if your signature has been validated, The Lepanto Project set up this online tool to check: https://120.coloradokidsfirst.org/

If you haven’t signed yet and would like to be contacted to sign, click here to sign up.

“This is a chance to put restrictions on abortion in Colorado for the first time since 1967,” said Deacon Geoff Bennett, Vice President of Parish and Community Relations at Catholic Charities of Denver. “We need to defend life from conception until natural death. To not make a stand here would be tragic.”

Over the course of several months, volunteers in support of Initiative 120 worked hard to gather signatures from Coloradoans in order to get it on the ballot. The requirement was 124,632 signatures, and on the March 4 deadline, over 137,000 signatures were delivered to the Colorado Secretary of State office. However, due to invalid and repeat signatures, 10,000 valid signatures are still needed in order for the measure to qualify for the ballot.

Currently, over 400 people have volunteered to gather the remaining signatures at between 80-90 signing locations.

Initiative 120 would restrict abortions after 22 weeks in pregnancy in the state of Colorado, with the only exception being if the mother’s life is at risk. Under Initiative 120, a person conducting the abortion could be subject to having a medical license suspended and would be subjected to a fine, but it wouldn’t impose a penalty on the woman receiving the abortion.

If you have already signed the petition to get Initiative 120 on the November ballot, please share this information with your family and friends and encourage them to sign.